Even though Luka Doncic scored 37 points, it’s not enough to keep the Dallas Mavericks from losing on Wednesday to the New Orleans Pelicans, who missing a lot of players.
Slovenian star Doncic made a driving layup with four seconds left to bring the Mavs to within one point of the Pels. The score was 112-111 at the time.
The 23-year-old shook his head in disappointment after a last-second three-point shot that would have won the game for his team bounced off the rim and gave New Orleans Pelicans a 113-111 win.
In addition to his 37 points, Doncic also had 11 rebounds and seven assists. Spencer Dinwiddie and Christian Wood each added 24 points to help Doncic.
But in the end, Dallas lost to a well-balanced New Orleans team and had eight players finish in the top ten.
Highlights of the Game:
Based on OKBET, the win was even more impressive because Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, two regular starters for the Saints, were hurt and couldn’t play.
Trey Murphy III got 22 points by making 8 of 8 shots from the field, and C.J. McCollum got 14 points and 11 assists.
McCollum later said he could hardly watch as Doncic tried to make a last-ditch three-point shot as the clock ran out.
“When he shot it, all I could think was, ‘Please don’t go in,'” McCollum told an interviewer on the court.
“I didn’t shoot the ball well, but a lot of young guys stepped up tonight. And that’s what we’ll need all season.
“We’re a good group. Guys work hard, get to work early, and stay late. And they love chances like this to put on a show.
The Pelicans Win the Game.
With a win, the Pelicans went from 0-3 to 3-1 and moved in the Western Conference. Two spots behind Portland, which is still in the first place. With the loss, Dallas dropped to 1-2.
In other games on Tuesday, the Washington Wizards beat the Detroit Pistons 120-99. At home to improve to 3-1 on the season.
Kyle Kuzma scored the most points for Washington with 25. Kristaps Porzingis added 20. Will Barton scored 16 points off the bench, four from three-point range.